Youth Development League Midland Division 2A – Dudley

Bicester AC were unable to maintain their 2nd position in the table in the final match of their National Youth UK Development League match held last Saturday in Dudley. Fielding only two athletes in the under 13 boys and three in the under 15 girls’ events they were only able to finish 6th on the day, dropping two places in the final league standings.

Mille Couzens has enjoyed a very successful season so far and she made it a triple first on Saturday with wins in three under 13 girls events. Highlight amongst her wins was a new club record mark in the high jump clearing 1.40m for the first time. Couzens was also victorious in the 1200 metres (4mins 9.8 secs), with clubmate Amelia Cox landing the B event in 4m 32.3s, and the long jump where she jumped 1.40m.

There were some strong Bicester performances in the under 15 boy’s age group with Millie’s brother Tom, a double winner on the day. Tom took the high jump with a leap of 1.45m and also won the 80m hurdles clocking 13.9s with Connor Stark gaining a valuable win in the B event (19.3s). Bicester also scored well in the under 15 throwing events with Oscar Hounour outstanding in the javelin. He lowered his personal best in this event, for the 2nd successive week, with a throw of 34.15m for 2nd place in the A event. Despite throwing a fine 26.76m, William Sims had to be content with winning the B event. Honour and Sims also teamed up for the hammer throw and each achieved 2nd places in their respective strings with personal best throws of 23.12m and 12.29m.

Jamil Welham could not quite match his national grade 3 effort of last week in the 300m but still managed 3rd in the under 15 A event with 40.6s. Welham also placed well in the 200m (25.8s) and jumped well for 4.62m in the long jump.

Only two Bicester athletes made it in the under 13 boy’s events with Sam Rayson in outstanding form. Rayson took the high jump with a new personal best clearance of 1.20m and also won the 75m hurdles with a 14.8secs. However his best performance was saved for the long jump; although only 2nd he achieved a massive new personal best leap of 4.29m. Mention should also be made of Finn Graham who gained valuable points in three events including personal bests in the 1500 metres (5m 53s) and shot (4.23m).

There was only one more Bicester athlete in the under 15 girl events. Holly Hunter set a new personal best and club record in the javelin with a throw of 25.27m. Hunter also broke the club record in the hammer with a throw of 17.86m. Amy Gould threw a fine 15.15m for 3rd in the B event and placed 2nd in her specialist event the 1500 metres with 5m 30.3s. Maisie Silvester stepped down in distance to take in both of the sprints as well as equalling her season’s best in the discus.

Back in the under 13 girl’s events there was a triple of personal bests for Erin Fabri in the 75m (11.40s), 70m hurdles (14.4s) and the shot where she won the B string with a putt of 6.16m. And Emilia Sims ran the fastest 150 metre by a Bicester girl athlete clocking 22.9s. And Amelia Cox was only just down on her best in placing 4th in the javelin (18.82m).